There are two schools of thought here, so let me clarify: When finished dining and before leaving the table, one school teaches that the napkin goes to the right of the place setting. The other school says to the left. I say either side is correct. Do not wad it up, simply hold the center [...]
Archive for November, 2011
Normally the answer would be no. If it is a party before another event [more formal] then I would say yes. It is better to be over dressed than under dressed,and it is always proper to call the host if in doubt. Don’t do it 30 minutes before the party however!
There are two important things to clarify before a party to assist your guests: 1) Requested attire and 2) food that will be offered. It appears that you may think formal dress and a formal dinner are synonymous. “Finger foods” means either light or heavy hors d’oeuvres. My recommendation for your party would be either [...]
I once had a friend who broke crystal wine glasses. He felt horribly about this. From that day forward, at his request, I have served him wine out of a plastic wine glass. This is in no way disrespectful. We laugh about it. Could you offer your friend a more stable chair? Check out www.heavydutyfoldingchair.com [...]
If the timing feels right, that will be your gauge. The host could make a welcome toast [for the occasion] before dinner, and then before the cake a personalized toast to honor the birthday guest. Possibly several people would like to make a toast, in which case it would be appropriate before the cake.